Wishing you could gather the family for a festive Christmas? Wondering who'll come to blows over the last seat on the sofa? How many chairs you can squeeze round the table without Granny being elbowed? What kind of yoga pose that turkey will have to achieve to cram its plump drumsticks into your oven?
Fret no more… we’ve the perfect solution! Take a look at these Christmas crackers where the whole family can drink mulled wine round the fire, skirmish over the stockings together on Christmas morning and feast happily en masse. Make this one a Christmas to remember – but do wrap up your festive plans now, these lovely big houses won’t remain available for long.
The Barn, Southleigh, East Devon
Sleeps 14 (plus pets) in 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
The Barn is a smashing property on the side of a valley, detached, smart and well-equipped with immense views over lovely Devon countryside. You've 200 acres for walking off Christmas excesses in peace. With a light and sunny conservatory, an enormous living area with squashy sofas, Sky, Wii and woodburner and a stylish kitchen with red electric Aga and big oak dining table, it's a perfect family destination. The children will be happy playing pool and table football too.
Ash Park, East Prawle, South Devon
Sleeps 14 in 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Within a stroll of the good village inn, this stunning, private house is surrounded by a three acre garden and has 180 degree uninterrupted views to the sea and Prawle Point. With a games room and a detached garden bedroom for the teenagers or grandparents, it is an elegant house for all the family. A bridlepath leads from the bottom of the garden to the South West Coast Path, just what you need to blow away the cobwebs.
Haye Barton Farm, St Ive, South Cornwall
Sleeps 14 (plus pets) in 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Along a track down hedgerow lanes, this huge, detached, completely private farmhouse rambles over three levels and looks across 115 acres of farmland and woods which are all yours to roam and explore. With its beams and woodburners in huge inglenooks, it's a timeless place for a traditional and nostalgic gathering where the children can enjoy freedom and fun.
Trevarna, Cawsand, South Cornwall
Sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Sit back with mulled wine and mince pies and enjoy the amazing views over Plymouth Sound and out to sea from this 19th century, four-storey house in Cawsand Bay. It is the smartest of seaside homes, made thoroughly modern and comfortable as its owners' own family holiday retreat. With a first floor, width-of house open-plan living space, the dining table is positioned for the views over Christmas dinner and the woodburner is just right for leaving Santa's snacks beside.
Orchard Lodge, Boscastle, North Cornwall
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
This immaculate house was previously an award-winning B&B and there's not much the friendly owners don't know about providing exceptional comfort and a warm welcome. Just a few hundred yards from a foodie pub and 800 yards up from the famous harbour and Coast Path for long walks, everything about the house is well done, carefully thought through, of excellent quality and finished with an eye to detail. All the bedrooms are en suite and the layout of the living room with its cosy woodburner opening through double doors to the dining room is ideal for a sociable Christmas together.
Stones Throw, Porthtowan, North Cornwall
Sleeps 10 (plus pets) in 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
In the heart of Poldark Country, just 250 yards from Porthtowan’s fabulous sand/surf beach and coastal footpaths, this semi-detached house is an excellent family base. Just apart from the house is a little detached annexe, ideal for teenagers to sleep late, watch TV and recover from the Christmas excitement. After the summer crowds have departed, this is a brilliant place for peaceful strolls on the beach and Coast Path whilst watching the surf crash on the coast with your nearest and dearest.
Bonny Alva, Porthpean, South Cornwall
Sleeps 9 (plus pets) in bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Beautiful Bonny Alva! Sit back in the sitting room of this detached house above the beach, play carols and soak up the spectacular views across St Austell Bay. When you do feel like venturing out, the beach and Coast Path are within walking distance. If you don't fancy cooking for everyone, professional caterers can be arranged to take the strain. With every comfort thoughtfully provided, head to this smashing house for a coastal Christmas the family will remember forever.
This is just a selection of our Christmas cottages waiting to welcome you with comfort and good cheer. If you'd like first-hand feedback on these holiday homes or you need any help choosing the perfect accommodation for your family celebration, just give us a call on 01647 433593 or use our detailed search facility. We'll be pleased to help.